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  1. The Facts About Fiber

    Chances are, you could use more fiber in your diet. It can help keep your digestive system on track. “Fiber actually works as a bowel regulator and can be effective for both constipation and diarrhea,” says gastroenterologist David Goldstein, MD, of Old Hook Medical Associates in Emerson, N.J. When

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  2. How to Have a Confident Social Life With IBD

    Chances are your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is under good control thanks to effective medicine. But even if you're in remission from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, you may fear having sudden cramps or worse when you're out and about. The good news: You don't have to give up your social

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  3. Leaky Gut Syndrome: What Is It?

    "Leaky gut syndrome" is said to have symptoms including bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. But it's something of a medical mystery. “From an MD’s standpoint, it’s a very gray area,” says gastroenterologist Donald Kirby, MD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at t

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  4. Going Gluten-Free

    Who really needs to go on a gluten-free diet? You do if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, a condition that doctors once dismissed but now recognize as legitimate. So says Stefano Guandalini, MD, director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Before you go gluten-free, ther

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  5. The Best Ways to Use Probiotics

    A baffling selection of probiotic foods and supplements crowd the shelves of health food stores these days. The findings of recent research confirm that foods and supplements with probiotics may provide benefits for many digestive problems. Probiotics may even help promote a healthy immune system. C

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  6. When Can Probiotics Help?

    Evidence on the benefits of probiotics is building, and much of it is positive. Studies suggest that these natural remedies, which contain beneficial microbes, may help prevent or treat some digestive problems. They may also help regulate the immune system. They may even protect against common respi

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  7. What Are Probiotics?

    Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But our bodies naturally teem with such organism

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  8. Secrets to Gas Control

    The average person passes gas 14 to 23 times a day. Knowing it’s healthy and normal doesn’t always keep it from being embarrassing. If you’re tired of silly jokes and occasional upset, a few simple tips may help you take charge of bloating and gassiness.   The friendly bacteria in our guts help dige

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  9. Aging and Digestive Health

    Getting older has pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you get more time to relax and enjoy life. On the minus side lie many health challenges -- including an increase in digestive health disorders. Of course, problems with digestion can occur at any age. Yet nearly 40% of older adults have one or

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  10. Jennifer's Way: Helping Those with Celiac Disease

    When Jennifer Esposito was diagnosed with celiac disease three years ago, the actress was shocked and relieved. "It was hard, but it was also the day I realized the person I once knew as 'me' was gone," says Esposito, 39, who plays detective Jackie Curatola on the CBS hit police drama Blue Bloods. M

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